Fire Extinguisher Maintenance, Inspection, & Related Services
Fire extinguishers sit in your workplace or home day after day “just in case” but, of course, you hope you will never have to use one!
- Annual Inspections and Certifications
- 6 year-maintenance programs
- 12 year-hydrostatic testing
- Sales (new & refurbished)
- All inspections and services are done per NFPA 25 and CCR Title 19 specifications
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Fire Extinguisher Services
For our commercial clients, we can schedule a weekly, bi-annual, and/or yearly fire extinguisher service. Our trained and experienced technicians can come to your business to perform the inspections or you can drop off the fire extinguishers at our location in Santa Rosa and expect a quick turnaround.
Fire Safety Supply will perform maintenance as needed to comply with California Code of regulations. Services required are annual inspections, 6 year-maintenance, and 12 year-hydrostatic testing.
Walk-In Services are available Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm for all commercial and residential customers.
Although a Fire Extinguisher Inspection may not always be at the top of one’s mind, there is nothing worse than needing an extinguisher in an emergency only to discover that it is not charged and no longer works. Portable fire extinguisher inspections are extremely important for the protection of businesses and homes, especially since OSHA and Fire Codes require specific procedures when it comes to fire extinguishers in the workplace. Read on to discover the best fire extinguisher testing schedule for optimal safety and compliance.
Three Ways to Check Fire Extinguishers
Depending on the type of inspection being performed, there are different recommendations and requirements for the time between inspections. Here are three ways fire extinguishers need to be tested, and the schedule for each.
1. Visual Fire Extinguisher Inspections – Preformed once a month
According to OSHA [29 CFR 1910.157(e)(2), employers must perform a visual inspection on portable fire extinguishers at least once per month. This is also a good benchmark for homeowners to follow. Visually inspecting your fire extinguishers helps ensure several important points:
- The extinguisher is still present in its designated location
- No damage has occurred to the equipment
- No obstructions are blocking the equipment from view or from easy access
- The extinguisher is fully charged and operational
Below are some of the elements our technicians will look for during a visual inspection:
- We will look for obvious signs of physical damage, such as corrosion, leakage, or dents
- We will check the pressure gauge to make sure the indicator is in the operating range.
- We will make sure the pull-pin is not missing and the pull pin seal is intact.
- We will verify the date of the last professional inspection.
- We will date and initial the back of the tag to log the monthly visual inspection.
2. Maintenance Inspections – Once per year
Employers need to perform a full maintenance check on their workplace’s portable fire extinguishers once per year, according to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.157(e)(3). This is where Fire Safety Suppl comes in. “Maintenance” means a thorough examination and repair, as needed, of all your facility’s portable fire extinguishers, as covered in NFPA 10(98), Sec. 4-4.
Annual fire extinguisher maintenance inspections should be performed by a professional fire protection company. Fire Safety Supply offers this service throughout Northern California.
We have the proper tools and training to ensure optimal compliance while recognizing and correcting any potentially hazardous situations. Once a fire extinguisher passes its annual maintenance, it is verified with a dated inspection tag. This tag is good for one year from the date indicated. If the unit fails to pass the inspection, it must be repaired or replaced.
3. Internal Maintenance Inspection – Every 5, 6, or 12 years (depending on equiment type)
This internal maintenance also requires the services of a fire protection company. Internal maintenance testing involves discharging of the fire extinguisher and a complete internal examination and recharging to insure all components of the fire extinguisher are working correctly. Extinguishers such as the dry chemical type requiring a 12 year hydrostatic test also require a 6 year internal examination.
In addition to or as part of the internal maintenance examination, periodically the fire extinguisher cylinders must be hydrostatically tested to ensure their integrity and ability to safety contain the pressure used to expel the agent.
Typically, pressurized water, carbon dioxide, and wet chemical extinguishers need to be hydro-statically tested every 5 years. Dry chemical extinguishers need to be tested every 12 years.
Proper testing and maintenance of your workplace’s portable fire extinguishers does more than fulfill some OSHA and NFPA requirements, it ensures the safety of your employees and your business.